The feeling of belonging is a fundamental part of every student’s success and wellbeing. Every lesson has an element encouraging connection between students, whether it’s working on projects together or participating in group discussions. The Montessori classroom gives students many different working environments - working independently, collaborating in small groups and working together as a classroom. At times the process can be very hands-on, requiring communication and movement and other times the work requires staying quiet, being fully focused and attentive. Once students receive their plan for the day, they also are given the freedom to organize their day in order to meet personal goals.
Once students have their plan they manage they use they are given the freedom to organize their day around their goals. For example, the teacher has taught Introduction to Golden Beads for Mathematics, Introduction to Noun for Language, and Alphabetical Order for Word Study. The student, with the help of the teacher and depending on ability, will record follow-up work given by the teacher in their work plans. The student's choice will include which work he/she would like to complete or do for the day as well as choosing the follow-up activity given by the teacher.
For example, on Mondays, there can be lessons in Mathematics, Parts of Speech, and Cultural Math. The child sees the schedule of the day in order to manage his/her time before lessons are presented. During this time, children can also take "breaks" by having snack, taking quiet breaks to re-energize and refocus their minds through silent reading, mindfulness meditation, origami, or just sitting quietly and comfortable for a mental break.